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How To Build a Website & App like Netflix, Disney+ (For Non-Technical Founders)

by Noyal Sharook
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The online streaming service industry has seen exponential growth in the past few years. Many people attribute this sudden rise in popularity to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this may be true to some extent, the shift toward internet-based media consumption started at the beginning of the last decade itself.

According to research by GVR, the online streaming industry is expected to reach USD 184.27 billion by 2027. Entrepreneurs and Businesses have been quick to get on the bandwagon- creating new and innovative ways to get people to consume content.

With the number of features that modern streaming platforms offer, building one yourself can become arduous, especially if you are from a non-technical background.

You will need to learn either or all of the programming languages given below, perhaps even more. 

  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby
  • C++
  • C#
  • Python
  • Kotlin
  • Swift

Alternatively, you can go the costlier route of hiring an in-house team of developers to help you build the website/app. They will work alongside you in building various aspects of your platform, including:

Front-end: Front-end or client-side is the part of the website or app that the users see and interact with. It is one of the critical aspects of website design, as your platform is only ever as good as how your viewers feel it to be. While optimizing your platform’s client-side, keep in mind the following three things:

  1. User-Experience
  2. Performance 
  3. Responsiveness

Back-end: The back-end or server-side makes up the invisible framework of your streaming service. It keeps together the front-end and makes your platform robust. The back-end should be easy to understand and flexible so that you can upgrade as your streaming service grows.

Database & storage: Streaming services require ample storage and a solid database. As video content typically has a larger size, most streaming providers host them in cloud storages to provide a seamless viewing experience for their users.

Content distribution: A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is essential if you have a broad user base. CDN stores your content across multiple servers worldwide and delivers them from the nearest server to the user. This reduces considerable strain on your original server as well as improves site speed, reduces costs, and improves video availability.

The complexities associated with building a streaming platform in-house have made many non-technical founders look for alternatives.

Here are some of the ways by which you, as a non-technical person, can build a website and App like Netflix, Disney+ with no code:

Hire an Agency

If you have time and ample budget on your hand, hiring a Development Agency is one of the easiest ways to create your online streaming platform.

Agencies understand your business requirements, do proper research and even help you with marketing- all depending on the kind of involvement that you need from them. Development agencies usually have teams with rich experience who can build your product with precision, and recommend alternate solutions if needed.

However, as I said, Agencies usually charge a good sum of money for their professional service. As they work with small dedicated teams to build a custom project, expect 5-6 months for your platform to be completed.

Online video services

Many SaaS platforms are available on the internet that help you build a basic streaming website or app. Some of them, like WordPress, Wix and Vimeo, provides you with the tools and features to host media and make them available for your viewers 

If you are looking to create a video platform with less complexity, this might be the way to go. However, it is unlikely that you will be able to compete effectively with industry leaders. This is because of limited upgrade options, low features and lack of multi-device compatibility.

iSripts VisualCaster- Streaming software solution

If you want to build a feature-rich streaming platform at a fraction of the cost of hiring an agency, iScripts VisualCaster is the right way to go. It is a turnkey solution that helps even people with no coding knowledge build a streaming service within hours. Everything is drag-and-drop, with minimal technical complexities. 

VisualCaster is multi-device compatible, seamlessly working on the web as well as Apple and Android ecosystems. It comes with all the features you expect from a world-class streaming platform such as Netflix and Disney+, and even lets you customize it according to your preference and business requirements.

Some of its features include:

  • Download videos to watch offline
  • Multi-lingual
  • Skip intro
  • Favorite/watchlist
  • Content recommendations
  • Extensive profile page
  • Multi-profile option

Check out iScripts VisualCaster demo.

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